Public History and Library and Information Science Joint Degree

Students in this joint program (M.A.P.H./M.L.I.S.) will earn both a master of arts in public history (M.A.P.H.) and the master of library and information science (M.L.I.S.). Graduates of the program will be equipped to enter a new workforce with the skills to appraise and describe historical records, create and maintain websites, preserve electronic documents, and communicate with a public audience. Upon successful completion of this program, students will be prepared for employment in a wide range of settings, including libraries, archives, museums, state and federal agencies, and the private sector.

Students interested in the archival field may also elect to complete the Archival Administration Graduate Certificate in conjunction with the joint degree program. To earn this certificate, students are required to complete two additional courses (six credits) for a total of 61 credits.

  • Applicants to this 55 credit program must be admitted to both the School of Information Science and Department of History master's programs. Candidates must complete the required courses for both programs in order to graduate
  • Students earn both a master of arts in public history and a master of library and information science degree through a coordinated program
  • Instead of taking 33 credits for the M.A.P.H. in history and another 36 credits for the M.L.I.S. for a total of 69 credits, students in this program are able to double-count 14 credits and receive both degrees with 55 hours of coursework – a significant tuition savings

Application deadline

Fall term: February 1 (early decision), May 1 (regular decision)
Winter term: November 1

Please contact Professor Eric Ash, Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of History, to discuss admissions procedures for this program.

Next steps

For more information, please contact Professor Eric Ash, Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of History or view the latest graduate handbook.

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